Nearly 100 Cats Removed From Home

A total of 96 felines were taken from a south New Jersey house over a three-day period.

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Animal control officers removed 96 cats from a south New Jersey home after neighbors complained of a strong stench and unsanitary conditions.

The house, in the East Riverton section of Cinnaminson, appeared well-kept from the outside, said neighbors. Yet the back porch, where animal control officials removed 96 cats, was covered with un-emptied litterboxes.

Health officials say because of untreated infections, many of the cats eyes were fused shut. Because they were feral, had upper respiratory infections and other diseases, and had matted fur with feces and urine, 93 of the 96 captured felines were euthanized. As of April 19, the remaining three were still under observation.

The houses resident, an elderly woman identified at Dorothy Tompkins, told County health officials that a single cat was responsible for what eventually became a feline overpopulation.

What happened was she just got one cat that was pregnant and they all inbred over four years, and they produced that many offspring. County Health Coordinator Bob Gogats told WPVI-TV.

Posted: April 21, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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Karen    Bellingham, MA

4/10/2009 4:54:13 AM

SPAY AND NEUTER!!! I don't care what your age is; NO excuse for this! My god, WAKE UP out there!!!!

Emily    Montpelier, VT

6/26/2008 1:26:32 AM

Incidents like this needn't occur when there are low cost services to spay/neuter animals. Irresponsible actions such as this has now lead to not only the inhumane treatment of these felines, but also these cats being euthanized. Sad, to say the least.

Melanie    Tampa, FL

5/14/2008 7:35:20 PM

I hate to hear these stories. What is wrong with these crazy people. They don't deserve to have pets at all.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

4/10/2008 5:19:28 AM

It just seems amazing that people, don't care how old they are, can be that uneducated!

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